It’s a story right out of an alien abduction conspiracy!
When Prince bolted in fear from his Stuart, FL, home during a thunderstorm, his owner, Dr. Bob Fier, was worried — naturally — but thriled when he was returned five days later.
But the blessing didn’t come without a mystery.
A patch on Prince’s back had been shaved, a surgical incision stapled shut.
Fier told WPBF that someone had removed his dog’s microchip!
“They certainly had a plan not to give this dog back to me,” Fier said. He has since traced the timeline somewhat.
A neighbor, who had found Prince after he ran from his home, took him to the vet where they scanned him for a microchip. According to Fier, he had forgotten to register the chip under his name, so staffers found a different owner in the system, a former volunteer at the rescue agency from which Prince had been adopted.
That volunteer has since admitted to picking up Prince from the veterinarian, according to WPBF, but when the woman called Fier while the dog was still missing, she claimed Prince had run away again and refused to tell him what neighborhood the collie might be in.
As such, Fier had no idea where to look, and began posting flyers around the city.
Thankfully, Fier got a call from a local PetSmart where staffers reconized Prince from the flyers. The person who left him there took off running before the store could get any information.
Employees told Fier the pup matched Prince’s description, except for the evidence of a recent surgery. Fier rushed to the PetSmart to pick up Prince, who he said was woozy after perhaps being given anesthesia.
Prince is back at home healing, and Fier says he has filed a report with the sheriff’s office.